Cochrane's Jordan Loewen was crowned Canada's junior boys' singles bowling champion earlier today (July 12) in Oshawa, ON.
Jordan won the gold medal match of the Youth Bowling Council (YBC) nationals with a 265, 43 pins ahead of Saskatchewan's Keeran Pillai.
He played 14 games at the three-day championship, his highest a 333, and carried an average of 232.7.
Jordan also earned gold as a member of Alberta's boys' trio team that combines the best bantam, junior, and senior youth bowlers in the province. The trio had a total pinfall of 3,250, 19 pins ahead of the second-place Southern Ontario team in a five-game series.
Dwayne and Sherri Lamontagne, of Cochrane Lanes, were in Oshawa cheering on Jordan.
"We're so proud of him," says Dwayne. "It was extremely exciting."
The win didn't come without its share of adversity.
"It's an extremely difficult tournament to win," says Dwayne. "He had some struggles yesterday in a few games, just a lot of really bad breaks. You could see him getting a little discouraged, but with the experience he has, and the tournaments he's been in, he really pulled through. He was just amazing today."
It was Jordan's first appearance at the junior national championship and his last chance to compete at that level. Next year he becomes a senior YBC bowler.
Jordan has now won four medals in the national tournament over the years. Besides two gold medals this year, he previously won the national bantam boys' singles championship and silver in a team event.
Jordan won the provincial junior YBC championship earlier this season to earn a berth into the nationals.